OpenGov Acquires Open Data Leader Ontodia

Combination of Ontodia’s Open Data and Performance Management Capabilities with OpenGov’s leading Financial Intelligence and Transparency Platform Ushers in Next Wave of Open and Efficient Government

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. –April 13, 2016 – Today OpenGov, the world leader in government financial intelligence, planning, and transparency, expands its platform with the acquisition of Ontodia. Ontodia is the leading provider of Open Data and performance management solutions using CKAN, the premier open-source data-portal for governments around the world. CKAN powers Data.gov, the home of U.S. Government’s Open Data initiative, Data.gov.uk, and hundreds of Open Data solutions for cities, counties, states, and national governments.

Ontodia co-founders Joel Natividad and Sami Baig, two of the most well known CKAN Open Data experts in North America, join OpenGov along with all other Ontodia employees and will work in OpenGov’s New York office.

“We are excited to welcome Joel, Sami, and the entire Ontodia team to the OpenGov family and to become active members of the CKAN developer community,” said Zachary Bookman, CEO and co-founder of OpenGov. “By adding a flexible, open source, Open Data platform and service to our quickly expanding portfolio of government financial solutions, we are getting one step closer to realizing our vision of transforming how governments analyze, share, compare, and allocate public money and to improve how the world’s most important industry serves us all.”

“In the future, technology will play a huge role in tracking the trillions of dollars that flow through state and local governments, helping to better allocate resources and share best practices,” said Joe Lonsdale, Chairman and co-founder of OpenGov. “Open-source platforms have an important role to play in furthering a transparent ecosystem that supports government decision making, and I’m excited about how Ontodia will allow us to extend OpenGov’s impact.”

Ontodia adds enhanced Open Data, Performance Management, and Data Analytics to OpenGov’s Financial Intelligence and Transparency solution, and enhances the OpenGov Network which includes over 1,000 cities, counties, state agencies, schools, and special districts. New capabilities include:

  • Managed Open Data using CKAN
    Customers can now augment their OpenGov financial and performance data with on-premise or cloud-hosted Open Data libraries that combine the benefits of a standards-based, open-source platform with the confidence of a fully managed service that has been simplified for deployment by governments of all sizes. This service will help governments gain greater insights into their financial performance and enable them to develop additional mission-critical applications that power their operations and improve civic engagement.
  • Publicly-Available CivicDashboards
    CivicDashboards expands OpenGov’s existing repository of current, transaction-level multi-fund government financial data by adding the world’s largest publicly-available repository of location-specific data and preloaded maps from high-value data sources such as the U.S. Census, FBI, USPTO, SOCDS Building Permits, U.S. Dept of Housing and Urban Development, Dept of Education, Dept of Labor, Dept of Transportation, Dept of Labor Statistics, and Dept of Commerce for over 3,000 counties and 35,000 townships and municipalities in the United States.
  • Customizable Performance Dashboards
    CivicDashboards serve as a framework for building sophisticated operational dashboards for staff, managers, elected officials, and citizens with data from CKAN and other Open Data sources.

“We started Ontodia four and a half years ago with a grand ambition for linking Open Data to drive better transparency and results for governments across the globe.”, said Joel Natividad, former CEO of Ontodia and now Director of Open Data at OpenGov. “This path led us to develop numerous innovative solutions, including NYCDataWeb, NYCFacets, NYCpedia, Hosted CKAN, and CivicDashboards. Now that we’re part of the OpenGov family, we will be on the front lines of enabling the 21st century connected governments we expect and deserve.”

Seth Wainer, Chief Information Officer, Newark NJ, said “Ontodia was instrumental in establishing the Newark Open Data site, a watershed moment in Mayor Baraka’s Newark 3.0 initiative. We wouldn’t be anywhere near where we are without Ontodia’s talented efforts.”

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About OpenGov

OpenGov is transforming the way the world analyzes, shares, compares, and allocates public money. With more than 1000 government customers across 45 states in a rapidly expanding network, OpenGov is the market leader in cloud-based performance intelligence and financial transparency. Founded in 2012 with headquarters in Silicon Valley, and offices in Washington DC, Portland, and New York, OpenGov works with leading governments of all sizes such as The State of Ohio, Washington DC, Minneapolis MN, San Antonio TX, Palo Alto CA, Northglenn CO, and Edgewood KY. Learn more at www.opengov.com.

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Published: April 13, 2016